Tag: FBI

One Year after Oak Creek: Why the FBI Tracking Hate Crimes Is a Victory

One Year after Oak Creek: Why the FBI Tracking Hate Crimes Is a Victory

Published on the Melissa Harris-Perry Blog, MSNBC. One year after a gunman murdered six people and wounded many more at a Sikh house of worship in Oak Creek, WI, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department will begin tracking hate crimes against Sikh […]

Person of the Year Award, India Abroad

Person of the Year Award, India Abroad

I was honored to receive a 2013 Person of the Year award from India Abroad. But I must share this award with a rising generation of Sikh and South Asian Americans devoted to justice work — the stellar staff at the Sikh Coalition, Groundswell, SALDEF, […]

Will Piara Singh be Counted?

Will Piara Singh be Counted?

Eighty-two year-old Piara Singh turned to walk home from his gurdwara (Sikh house of worship) in Fresno as he had done every morning for five years. But this day was different. He never made it home. He was assaulted from behind and brutally beaten with […]

After Sikh Temple Shooting, a Historic Hearing

After Sikh Temple Shooting, a Historic Hearing

Published on The Melissa Harris-Perry Blog. Just 45 days after his mother was murdered by a white supremacist in her house of worship, Harpreet Singh Saini found the courage to testify at a historic Senate hearing on Wednesday of this week. Saini’s mother was killed […]

Sikhs Deserve the Dignity of Being a Statistic

Sikhs Deserve the Dignity of Being a Statistic

Published on The Washington Post. In the aftermath of the mass shooting in a Sikh gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wis., a sea of reporters have asked many Sikh leaders and activists to quantify how many Sikhs had been targeted in hate crimes and murders since […]

America after the Sikh Temple Shooting

America after the Sikh Temple Shooting

Published on Common Ground News Service. Oak Creek, Wisconsin – On Friday, I participated in a memorial for the victims of the 4 August shooting in a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. I am a third-generation Sikh American, and as the ceremony drew to […]

Bin Laden’s Death: Why I Can’t Celebrate

Bin Laden’s Death: Why I Can’t Celebrate

Osama bin Laden’s face is all over the television.  People are flooding the streets waving American flags.  The President speaks of our unity and resolve as a nation.  And 9/11 is on everyone’s mind.  This has all happened before. Except this time, ten years after […]

Richmond Cabbies

Richmond Cabbies

We spent the weekend in Richmond, California, a city known for the highest crime rate in California. While driving, we saw a stop sign with bullet holes (pictured). In June 2003, two SIKH cab drivers, GURPREET SINGH and INDERJIT SINGH, were shot here within three […]

Fear, the FBI, and Academia

Fear, the FBI, and Academia

When the FBI arrested two Pakistani-Americans as suspected terrorists in Lodi, CA this June, the small farming town became the center of national and international media attention. But news media has not shown the extent to which the FBI has followed, monitored, and intimidated the […]